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Offline CamsConcerns

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So, what can an MRI detect?
« on: December 23, 2010, 09:53:29 PM »
First post, I've been Hypo for about 9 months.

Here's the deal.
I'm debating with myself massively (mass debating if you will....ahem.) as to whether or not to get an MRI for my latest fears.

Fears of a Brain aneurysm/Heart problems/cancer, or anything that can kill me instantly or very slowly.

If it isn't too hard for you guys, is there a list of all the things a full body MRI can detect?
Please and thanks.
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Re: So, what can an MRI detect?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2010, 10:19:36 PM »
This is from the web site of the Mayo Clinic:

MRI of the brain and spinal cord
MRI is the most frequently used imaging test of the brain and spinal cord. It's often performed to help diagnose:

    * Aneurysms
    * Disorders of the eye and inner ear
    * Multiple sclerosis
    * Spinal cord injuries
    * Stroke
    * Tumors

Functional MRI of the brain (fMRI) can be used to identify important language and movement control areas in the brain in people who are being considered for brain surgery.

MRI of the heart and blood vessels
An MRI that focuses on the heart or blood vessels can assess:

    * The size and function of the heart's chambers
    * Thickness and movement of the walls of the heart
    * The extent of damage caused by heart attack or heart disease
    * Structural problems in the aorta, such as aneurysms or dissections
    * The buildup of plaques and blockages in the blood vessels

MRI of other internal organs
An MRI may be used to check for tumors or other abnormalities of many organs in the body, including the:

    * Liver
    * Kidneys
    * Spleen
    * Pancreas
    * Uterus
    * Ovaries
    * Prostate
    * Testicles

MRI of bones and joints
MRI may be used to help evaluate:

    * Joint disorders, such as arthritis
    * Joint abnormalities caused by traumatic or repetitive injuries
    * Disk abnormalities in the spine
    * Bone infections
    * Tumors of the bones and soft tissues

MRI of the breasts
MRI may be used in addition to mammography to detect breast cancer, particularly in women who have dense breast tissue or who may be at high risk of the disease.
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Re: So, what can an MRI detect?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010, 12:32:06 AM »
Is there a reason for the MRI ? A particular symptom ?

I recently had an MRI on my left shoulder and it came out clean. Just tight muscles I need to work out and in fact its getting better with PT.
10 years ago I had an MRI for my right shoulder (very different pain) and that showed bone spurs and some other issues they corrected and that shoulder is awesome now.

I would not get an MRI unless there is a specific medical reason for it. Do not get it because you are HA because a HA person will either not believe the good results or will later want some other test done.  I almost did the brain/spine one and canceled it for good reasons. Probably the one you are thinking of doing.

I would focus on digging through therapy and some book reading on why you are HA.   I now know how I got where I am at and I am working on correcting the issues. Many of my problems have to do with my upbringing.  Long painful sickness my dad went thru before he died when I was young combined with some bad anxiety habits I picked up from my mom and others.  I don't blame her but I at least now realize what they are and its tough to change, but I am working as hard as I can.
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